8 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Extreme Weather

Install Window Film or Tinting

Up to 80% of summer sun heat is blocked by window tinting, which lowers energy costs. It also looks better, gives you more privacy, and keeps heat inside during the darker months, but not as well.

Add a Sump Pump (Flooding)

When it rains hard or floods, sump pumps collect water from the ground and send it to a safe place, like a basin or storm drain. This keeps your home from getting expensive water damage.

Get a Backup Power Supply

Disasters like hurricanes, fires, and storms can cause power disruptions. Whole home generators powered by diesel or a battery bank (with solar panels) can run your fridge and other needs eternally.

Paint for Temperature

"You might think that picking the right color for the outside of your home is just a matter of picking the color you like best, but the weather where you live is very important."

Upgrade Home Insulation

You should definitely think about adding more insulation to your attic because that's where a lot of heat moves around.

Weatherize Your HVAC

As part of that, the furnace or heat pump, ducts, vents, and filters should be cleaned, oiled, and electrical connections should be tightened and the thermostat should be set correctly.

Keep Up on Maintenance

Your home may suffer extra wear and tear from storms, flooding, heat, and cold, so it's more crucial than ever to keep up with basic maintenance.

Recheck Your Radon

There are three things that make radon levels rise in homes. More radon is released when the temperature of the soil changes, especially when permafrost melts.

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